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Asia winner announced

2016-04-20

 

  

Joe Yang, sommelier at Studio City Macau, has won the Asia round of Wines of South Africa’s triennial Sommelier Cup competition. The Asia competition was held on 18th July at L’Hotel Causeway Bay in Hong Kong.

Over 100 sommeliers from fourteen Asian countries entered this year’s competition and the top ten candidates were selected by means of an online examination testing their South African wine knowledge. Ten leading sommeliers from eight Asian countries/regions traveled to Hong Kong to compete in Monday’s event which consisted of a verbal blind tasting examination, followed by an on-stage role play and service examination in front of an audience. The judges were Debra Meiburg MW, Hervé Pennequin (Head Sommelier, The Hong Kong Jockey Club) and Nelson Chow (President of the Hong Kong Sommelier Association).

Joe will travel to South Africa later this year to represent Asia in the global final, held on Friday 23rd September. He will join the winners from eight other key growth markets for South Africa: the UK, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada, the USA, Kenya and Ghana, to compete to be the overall winner. During their trip to South Africa, contestants will enjoy a week of winery visits, tastings and dinners in the run up to the final.

Blind tasting wines:

  • Bellingham The Bernard Series Whole Bunch Roussanne 2014, Coastal Region;Northeast Wines & Spirits
  • Kershaw Syrah 2012, Elgin, Vincisive Wines

Wines for role play:

  • Pongrácz Desiderius 2008, Stellenbosch, Northeast Wines & Spirits Ltd
  • Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2014, Western Cape, Boutique Wines Ltd
  • La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Cape South Coast, Royal Oak (Hong Kong) Co Ltd
  • Newton Johnson Chardonnay 2011, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Vincisive Wines
  • Perdeberg Rex Equus Chenin Blanc 2015, Paarl, Angliss Hong Kong Food Service Ltd
  • Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2012, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Montrose Fine Wines
  • Radford Dale Syrah 2013, Stellenbosch, Watson’s Wine
  • Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2013, Stellenbosch, Ponti Trading Ltd
  • Kanonkop Estate Paul Sauer 2012, Stellenbsoch, Northeast Wines & Spirits Ltd
  • Warwick Three Cape Ladies 2011, Stellenbosch, EMW (Hong Kong) Trading Co Ltd
  • Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel SMV 2013, Coastal Region, Northeast Wines & Spirits Ltd
  • Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2014, Coastal Region, Watson’s Wine

Glasses and decanters sponsor:

  • Lucaris, Kung Kai Hong